2019 Volkswagen Atlas Brake Problems

Class Action Investigation

Lemberg Law is investigating complaints concerning the emergency brake engaging unexpectedly in the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas. This is likely caused by issues with the automatic emergency braking (AEB) system.

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Does the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas have a brake issue?

Yes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has logged over twenty consumer complaints from vehicle owners regarding the emergency brake engaging unnecessarily. This is likely related to issues with the door sensor incorrectly triggering the automatic emergency braking (AEB) system.

What Problems are 2019 Atlas Owners Experiencing?

Many complaints state that after the vehicle displays several error codes on the dashboard, the emergency brake engages. In some cases, one of the windows rolls downs. This could be a potential safety hazard for the driver, passengers and others on the road.

An owner from Boston states:

“The vehicle indicated the door sensor was not working. This cause all warning lights on my dashboard to come on. Additionally, the car would beep notifying me that the engine was running as if the door had been opened. The car would then apply the emergency brake anytime I would begin to slow down causing me to almost get into an accident.

An owner from Missouri filed a complaint on the NHTSA website stating:

“Within seconds of starting the vehicle, error codes started appearing on the dashboard and beeping noise stating to park the car and not drive. The back window will roll down on its on and the parking break will engage if it wasn’t engaged already. I would turn off the car and it would go away But after a few minutes the car would start beeping and all kinds of lights and error code started appearing again. After getting this error message and the constant beeping, the emergency brake turns on and the window from behind driver’s door lowers like 5 inches from top. At this point, I cannot lower window and I cannot turn off emergency brake.”

The complaint goes on to state: “It got to a point that while driving, if I took the foot of the gas pedal, the emergency break will engage automatically as I was going 10-15 miles per hr. Every time I slowed down and was coming to a stop the car will engage the emergency break. I had to turn off the car and back on in order to keep going. This almost caused me to be hit multiple times until I was able to get to a safe location and away from the main road. I’ve read many others complaint similar and I think this should be a recall. It is a safety hazard when the emergency break engages once you slow down and foot is off the break. This particular car was fixed on Nov.5 for a recall related to coupling rods. I was told that the issue now is called a “driver front door harness” fault which the wires think I’m opening the door while driving so it engages the emergency break…”

Other complaints:

“Door Sensor causing car to throw various codes. Windows rolling down by themselves, parking brake engaging by itself. VW knows about the problem and should be a recall. Parts is on back order with time frame.”

“The vehicle indicated the door sensor was not working. This cause all warning lights on my dashboard to come on. Additionally, the car would beep notifying me that the engine was running as if the door had been opened. The car would then apply the emergency brake anytime I would begin to slow down causing me to almost get into an accident.”

What should you do if your Volkswagen Atlas is experiencing this braking issue?

It is possible that your VW Atlas is a lemon. Allow our experts to work on your lemon case at no cost to you. The law requires VW to pay the legal fees for your claim.

If your Volkswagen Atlas is experiencing random braking and you are interested in becoming a class action plaintiff, complete our case evaluation form or call us at 844-928-4443.

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About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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